On The Beach Blog | April 2010

Friday, April 30, 2010

Junior, Part III

(Being a continuation of this and Part II.)

In yesterday's Letter to the Editor of The Southampton Press Western Edition announc­ing his candidacy for Westhampton Beach Trustee, Charlie Palmer Jr. played fast and loose with the recent history of the Village.

It's a bad way to kick-off a campaign to earn the voters' trust and support More...

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Junior, Part II

Updated 04/29/2010 – 05:37 pm

(Part the First being Tuesday's item.)

It was French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) who said "History is a set of lies agreed upon," but there's a whopper on the Letters page of today's Southampton Press Western Edition to which no one should agree.

It is promulgated by Trustee hopeful Charlie Palmer, Jr. when he describes fired More...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

April Trustees Work Session

Light lifting at the monthly Village Board Work Session this evening, with no acrimony from the front of the room, and only four Village residents in attendance.

O, and the Board flew one short as apparently lame duck Trustee Jim Kametler couldn't be bothered to show up. More...

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

As Warner Wolf used to say...

"You could have turned your TV sets off right there!"

From 27East.com's story on Charlie Palmer Jr.'s decision to run for Village Trustee: More...

Monday, April 26, 2010

Teller names his man

Westhampton Beach Mayor Conrad Teller has made it official; Victor Levy will succeed retir­ing Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Chris Bean.

It's full circle of sorts for Mr. Levy, who began his lengthy and varied public service career in the Village on the ZBA 30 years ago before his election to the Village Board in 1985. More...

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Revolt in The Bays

Headline last Wednesday on 27East.com:

Hampton Bays school budget includes 18.5 percent tax hike

Them's fightin' words! More...

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Shout out to Speonk!

This'll make Benny Nidgzyn proud.

As noted during OtBB's inaugural season, there are reasons to go to Speonk other than to hook up with the L.I.R.R. or dine at the Trackside Cafe.

The "shout out" this time goes directly More...

Friday, April 23, 2010

Bean unbowed, bows out

Twenty-three year Westhampton Beach Zoning Board veteran Chris Bean, serving the last 12 as Chairman, has tendered his resignation to Mayor Conrad Teller, effective immediately.

For Mr. Bean, the decision was a simple one.

"Screw these clowns! I knew I was More...

Dear Joan...

Are you actually serious with your Letter to the Editor of yesterday's Southampton Press West­ern Edition???

"The landscape plan for Westhampton Beach Village Hall was approved more than five years ago, and never was completed during the four years that Mayor Conrad Teller has been in office. More...

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy 75th, Bob!

Who'd'a thunk it, back when we first met near Pike's Beach Summer '58, that he would one day evolve into Robert W. Morgan Jr., 15th (and almost final) Mayor of Westhampton Beach?

I sure didn't! But then Bob was full of surprises, by golly! More...

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Indy's Lisa Finn...

Updated 04/21/2010 – 03:38 pm

...must be getting fat from all the cheesecake Village Trustee cum Mayoral wannabe Hank Tucker has been spoon-feeding her along with story lines to further the unholy agenda of his and Joan Levan's.

This morning's East End Independent, citing "anony­mous" sources and "unconfirmed reports," attempts to suggest that 23-year veteran of the Westhampton Beach Zoning Board of Appeals, Chris Bean, is guilty of More...

Me 'n' Ayn (& Tom)

Spent some time with an old college chum (Adelphi 1959-63) recently and the subject of our favorite teachers and courses of half-a-century past arose.

It was a short part of our reminiscences, for we both had clear recollections of the highlights of our English Major experiences. More...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

ZBA back on track

Despite Trustee/Mayoral-wannabe Hank Tucker's irresponsible handling of Tom Moore's letter of resignation from the Zoning Board of Appeals... it took Tucker over three weeks to hand it over to Mayor Conrad Teller... the Mayor quickly filled the position.

By the Mayor's appointment, veteran ZBA member John Wittschen rejoins his former Board to fill out Moore's term which expires May 31, 2013. More...

Monday, April 19, 2010

Revolution is in the air!

Just look at this date in history... April 19th:

In 1775, British soldiers loyal to King George III, and American volunteer militia men exchanged fire in the Massachusetts towns of Lexington and Concord, and the seven year War of American Independence was off and running.

But then, everyone knows about that. More...

Saturday, April 17, 2010

It must be an Election Year

A good indication is this headline on a self-congratulatory press release from our Congressional representative, Tim Bishop (D, Southampton).

Bishop announces energy grant for Village of Westhampton Beach

"Congressman Tim Bishop announced that the Village of Westhampton Beach has been awarded $392,500 More...

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Good job by our boys in blue

While perusing today's "new look" Southampton Press Western Edition, my gaze fell upon the following "Blotter Report" on page A2:

"An 18-year-old Hampton Bays man was arrested by Westhampton Beach Village Police at police More...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Moore makes it official

Reported (precipitously, it was beginning to look like), both in The Press and here nearly three weeks ago, Tom Moore's letter of res­ignation from the Westhampton Beach Zoning Board of Appeals has finally surfaced.

For reason's best known to himself, More...

It is with reluctance...

...that I now find myself joining the growing number of voices calling for the dissolution of the Westhampton Beach Police Department.

Not only is the department an expensive "luxury," but it has become as big an embar­rassment to the Village as was the Shane Daniels near-fatal beating in 1996. More...

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Another in the mix

Updated 04/11/2010 – 01:32 pm

While it's only one week into election season, just when it looked like Mayor Conrad Teller's running mates, Toni-Jo Birk and Leola "Sue" Farrell might run unopposed, another Trustee candidate has tossed his sweatshirt hood into the ring-a-round Five (née Six) Corners.

No surprises, though.... More...

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Jus' Askin' - II

Ponderables for a Saturday morning.


Was that declared Mayoral candidate Hank Tucker having breakfast en famille in unfamil­iar surroundings (Bun'n'Burger) this morning? More...

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

It'll be Hank vs. Connie...

...in the Spring of '10 according to a "Google Alert" this morning, and affirmed by Press reporter Hallie Martin on 27East this afternoon.

Tucker says he will challenge Teller in Westhampton Beach mayoral election

Trustee Tucker's bid has been More...

Memo to the Jewish Community

Now that Passover has concluded, may I with­out offense offer a suggestion?

Please be more observant of those around you as you walk the thoroughfares of Westhampton Beach. More...

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

This should get some action!

Updated 04/06/2010 – 06:45 pm

Around 4:00 pm today former Southampton Town Trustee William H. Bennett "totaled his truck on Jessup Lane" returning to his home from Dune Road.

The accident was caused when a 200-pound female deer leaped in front of him. More...

Monday, April 05, 2010

After All These Years, II

Back to Sunset Avenue to redeem some store-brand empties at the snazzy new recycling machines... a major improvement over what had been there seemingly forever... and dis­covered that Wald­baun's "West Hampton{sic} Beach" has a new manager!

Gone is Diane Cassone, the biggest asset the company has had in Westhampton Beach in over 30... if not 40... years. More...

After all these years...

...and the stoopid bastids in nowhere zen Montvale, New Jersey still can't get it right.

OtBB reader John Smith... well, at least that's how he used to sign the guest register at Bailey's Motel... sent the following for our amusement and despair: More...

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Grade 'F'

...on this morning's "honey do" list!

(Except this was a "go out and get" list.)

Jeanne likes to make a (relatively) minor deal out of Easter Sunday dinner for whatever family members are attending. More...

In the news…

...with applicability to Westhampton Beach.

Seen in Newsday...

Lynbrook police chief suspended after domestic dispute

The really interesting part: More...

Thursday, April 01, 2010

April Village Board Meeting

Updated 04/02/2010 – 07:56 am

Good attendance... aided by the non-resident gadflies who start appearing this time of year... but a short and uneventful monthly meeting.

New Village Attorney Richard T. Haefeli was in­troduced as Mayor Conrad Teller's appointee to fill out the term of Hermon Bishop who resign­ed two weeks ago. More...

No April Foolin'

Reporter Hallie Martin, who has received some critical notices of late, has a solid page one, above-the-fold story in today's Southampton Press Western Edition, just in time for this evening's Village Board meeting.

(If you didn't see the newspaper, a short­er version is on 27East.com.) More...